Gaithersburg High School
The new Gaithersburg High School
building is now finished and in use by the students. The primary construction of
the new building occurred from 2011 to August 2013 when the building
opened for classes. Site work continued through October 2014, and the old
building was demolished in December of 2013.
The driving force behind the
construction has been Steve and Laurie Augustino. Their determination to get a
new building for Gaithersburg students and to raise money for continued programs
is little short of astounding since their daughter graduated before this could
benefit her. In addition to getting the new high school underway, the Augustinos
Gaithersburg High School Education Foundation [GHSEF]
the purpose of which is to add supplemental funding for things that will not be
covered in regular budgeting.
Steve Augustino, an attorney, has
the knowledge and fortitude to ensure that everything is done correctly. Laurie
Augustino has the depth of dedication that she will pass up job opportunities if
there is any chance that they will conflict with her being on the Foundation
Click here to listen to Maryland 20878®'s
interview with Steve and Laurie earlier this year.
Augustino replied to our questions about GHSEF:
GHSEF's mission is to provide programs to further student achievement and to
fund teacher professional education for the betterment of the GHS
community. We have completed fundraising for a new electronic sign at the
entrance of Education Boulevard, and have funded the Summer Math Academy in
2014 to introduce incoming 9th grade students to the rigors of the high
school math curriculum. In 2015, we intend to fund a variety of science and
arts programs proposed by the staff at GHS.
of advice [for those wishing to start foundations for other high schools],
I'm not sure what I can say. I would say that starting a nonprofit is both
very rewarding and extremely challenging. It takes you out of your comfort
zone at times. Persistence and a love for networking are essential to
getting the endeavor off the ground.
the "found pleasure" from all of this has been the many new people that I've
been able to meet. Gaithersburg has such a rich history, and my own
personal involvement only touched the surface of that. Through the Ed
Foundation I have been lucky enough to meet many people who have experienced
Gaithersburg's past in so many ways. It has enriched me, and has inspired
me with the desire to help mold the future of Gaithersburg High School and
the Gaithersburg community. I hope that I can contribute in a small way to
build on the legacy that already exists here.
The pictures below of the Gaithersburg High school expansion
were taken sent by Norma (Mann) Christofano in August 2012. Thank you,
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This is the front of the old school where the bus
circle use to be.
Another picture of the front of the old school where the
bus circle use to be.
This is the side view of the above two pictures.
This is the new athletic field which is
comprised of Astro-turf.